02/12/2014

Catch up post! Nail art, Barry M/Picture Polish Gradient.

Hey everyone :)

Over the last few weeks i've been Crocheting a lot more than usual and fulfilling orders for Puddleducks Pretties which has meant that I haven't had the time to do my nails much at all! I've been wearing manis for about a week instead of my usual 2-3 days (or less!) So i thought i'd do an update post,  I have three different manis to show you that were done over the two weeks.

First up is this beautiful gradient i did! I used Barry M - Poppy on the bottom half and Picture Polish - Moscow on the top half.





Next up is Barry M Silk in Forest all on its own!


And last is my snowman nails! I was inspired by a design i saw on IG but i can't remember who it was by :(


I used Picture Polish in Shocked for the Background and acrylic paints to paint the actual snowmen :)


I'm really loving the new Barry M Silks but only 2 of them appealed to me and i prefer wearing them with top coat, matte really doesn't show off just how beautiful they are!

Anyway thats all from me today, i'm planning on filming my November favourites over the next few days - it'll hopefully be up by Friday! :)

As always thank you for reading!

xXx

15/11/2014

Models Own/ILNP Chevron Mani

Hey everyone :)

I've been really busy so i've been wearing the same polish for about 4 days now! I even recycled it after the second day to get more wear out of it.

I wore Models Own - Purple Imperial on its own for the first two days..





And then i decided to spruce it up a bit! I really liked the outcome, and i'm surprised that after 4 days i haven't been tempted to pull any of the rhinestones off LOL



What i used:

Models Own - Purple Imperial
ILNP - Dreaming in Violet
Single Chevrons from Nail Redesigned
Rhinestones

So obviously i painted my nails with Purple Imperial first of all. I thought i'd do the nail art the day after i'd painted my nails because i'm really impatient and didn't want to end up painting my nails then using the chevron nail vinyls on them too soon (i'm sure its happened to all of us at least once..) so i thought this way would be a fail proof haha. So the day after... I used tweezers to place the chevrons where i wanted them making sure they all matched. I then painted on Dreaming in Violet on the bottom half of each nail. I left that to dry for a bit then top coated with my HK girl top coat, i then *quickly* applied the rhinestones over where the two polishes met forming the chevron shape with them. Top coated again and voilaaaa. 

After that i decided i wasn't happy with my pinkie and forefinger being the Models Own colour so i took it off those two fingers and changed it to Dreaming in Violet instead. I was much happier with the results after i'd done that! (Forgot to take pictures gah)

So i hope you like these. Just something quick and simple to jazz up a plain mani!

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend :D

xXx

09/11/2014

Moscow - Picture Polish

Evening!

As we come to the end of another weekend.. (Not long till Christmas, i'm sure you're aware of that by now muaha...) as promised, here is the absolutely stunningly, gorgeous Moscow by Picture Polish, isn't it just amazing?! Its just the best autumn nail colour ever if you ask me!

Picture Polish moscow swatch review nail nails


Picture Polish moscow swatch review nail nails Colour:


Moscow is a gorgeous, slightly holographic, deep purple/berry/maroon colour. 

Depending on the way you look at it you can see a pretty rainbow, then sometimes you can see pink flecks, it just looks gorgeous any way you look at it. There isn't any glitter in this polish so there are no lumpy bumps to worry about. (also makes for easy removal ;))

I really think this is going to be the polish i wear the most this winter from my entire collection...


Picture Polish moscow swatch review nail nails



Application/Consistency/Brush:

Every time i come to write a review on Picture Polishes i always want to say the same good things and this polish is no exception, i honestly just can't fault it, the consistency, the brush, the whole application process.. its just effortless and i think Picture Polish are turning into one of my favourite brands..


They also dry really quickly which is always a plus. Two coats of this polish gave complete coverage and there wasn't any staining when i removed it.. (something i always worry about with dark colours!) however it did leave lots of sparkles over my hands, but who doesn't like sparkles?!


Picture Polish moscow swatch review nail nails Where to buy:



You can get Moscow from Rainbow Connection for £11.50.


I think you can tell just how much i love this polish haha, anyway i'm hoping to do some nail art this week so stay tuned m'dears!

xXx

06/11/2014

Fool's Gold - Picture Polish

Hey lovelies!

I received Fools Gold from Jess (@claws4paws on IG) for my birthday a few weeks ago. Jess' birthday is on the 12th of October and mine was on the 23rd and as she wanted Forget Me Not from the newly released Picture Polishes and i wanted Fools Gold we decided to get them for each other.  

Fool's Gold is just gorgeousssss!

Fools gold picture polish swatch nails nail polish varnish

Colour:

Fool's gold is a beautiful light blue shade with gold glitter and tiny silver particles (from what i can see these aren't holographic) I think this is a really lovely light icy blue for winter - i'll definitely be using it for some winter nail art!



Fools gold picture polish swatch nails nail polish varnish

Application/Consistency/Brush:

Picture Polish brushes are amazing, they're one of my favourite polish brushes to paint with, they're wide but not too wide so they're great for any width of nail. 3 brush strokes and the entire nail is covered. The consistency allowed the polish to just glide on. I honestly haven't found any faults with any of my Picture Polishes!


Where to buy:


You can buy Fool's Gold from Rainbow Connection for £11.50 - totally worth it when it applies so well and has to come all the way from Australia!

I'm off now to paint my nails with Moscow, also by Picture Polish - i should hopefully have a review up on it over the weekend! :D

Hope you're all having a good week!

xXx


30/10/2014

Candy corn gradient nails

Hey everyone :)

I've pretty much been preparing for Halloween since the 1st October.. seriously... i carved out my first Pumpkin nearly 3 weeks ago..paha. I love Autumn so much.. and I now love Halloween just as much! Halloween has changed a lot since i've got older. It wasn't very big here in the UK but now it all seems to have exploded..

My lovely friend Elana sent me some Halloween Cupcake cases and I used them today to make Cupcakes with a Pumpkin and Cream Cheese topping and they are amazing! (I also made some Pumpkin pie!) I just made some regular sponge cupcakes.. then after roasting a baby pumpkin (sounds like torture.. haha) I blended it when it was cold and then mixed some with Mascarpone, icing sugar and some pumpkin spice (my own mixture of Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Ginger..) until it tasted right and plonked it right on top of the Cupcakes!



Moving on to todays nails...I've been wearing these for the last 3 days and i love them! The photo below was taken on the 2nd day of wearing them, the other one was taken today as i lost the other pictures i'd taken so please excuse the tip wear!!


For the gradient i used

NYC - Pinstripe white
Essie - Fear and Desire
Barry M - Lemon

I think they turned out fab :') I've never actually tasted Candy corn and that makes me sad.



I had to get a picture of my nails with my Owl PocketBac case that Elana also gave me because i absolutely LOVE it :')

Anyway just a short post for tonight as i'm going to start working on my actual halloween nails in a minute...

Hope you've enjoyed it - if i don't get to write my Halloween post tomorrow night... I hope you all have a very safe and happy Halloween!

xXx

27/10/2014

Boutique - Berry Nice

Evening everyone!

Long time no blogpost, hey! It was my 21st on Thursday and this last week has been really hectic...

Anyway today I'm showing you a fairly new brand, I even had to do a bit of reading on it. Apparently it's Sainsburys own brand of polish! And I tell you what, I'm impressed. They have a wide range of colours and for just £4 you really can't go wrong with them... keep reading to find out why!

Berry nice boutique sainsburys nail polish
In the shade
Colour:

I'm loving the Berry colour of this polish, thats why i chose it ha, now its Autumn all i want on my nails is dark purples, reds and berry colours! Theres a whole range of colours and i'll definitely be picking up more, you can see the other colours and read all about the brand and how it came about, here.



Berry nice boutique sainsburys nail polish
With flash on
Application/Consistency/Brush:

I found the brush made this polish really easy to apply; it allowed me to get right up near the cuticle without getting any polish on them. No need for clean up - yay! 

This consistency of the polish was perfect, it wasn't too thin and it wasn't too thick, it flowed easily. I applied 2 coats and found in some areas it needed a third so I did another one and then applied top coat. 

I wore this colour for 3 days and thats when it started to chip, but to me thats not a bad thing, it makes a good excuse to redo my nails ;)

Where to buy:


Sainsburys - £4

In the shade again

These polishes are definitely worth the £4 they cost. Like i said i'll definitely being buying more - they're good if you want to just satisfy that i-need-new-polish craving and want a good quality polish without spending a lot. Let me know what you think and if you've bought/buy any! :)

Hope you've enjoyed tonights post. (If you follow me on Instagram and read that I was going to do a review on the NYC Peel off base coat, its coming! Last week was really hectic...)

Hope you've had a good Monday!

xXx

17/10/2014

Simple Gradient and Stamping VIDEO!

Hellooo :)

I uploaded a video to YouTube this morning and so thats basically my post for today! You can watch it below :)

Please subscribe and give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it!



Thats all for today!

xXx

Blueberry Ice Cream Floral nail art

Hey m'dears :)

Hope you're all doing well! Last week i did some simple floral nail art with an accent nail, i wore it a few days and really loved how they turned out so thats what i'm sharing with you all today.

Heres how they looked:


What i used/What you'll need:

Blueberry Ice Cream - Barry M (Any light blue polish)
Orly - Dazzle (Any silver polish)
Acrylic paints in Leaf Green, Pink and White.
Detailing brushes (I used my JN Dance)
Dotting Tool/Hair grip/Needle


I bought a few of Barry M polishes, regular Nail Paints and Gelly ones, a few weeks ago. I decided to use Blueberry Ice Cream for this one which is a regular Nail Paint (£2.99 Superdrug/Boots)

The accent nail is Orly - Dazzle which is a really gorgeous silver, it reminds me of aluminium foil :')

To create my floral accent nail:

  1. Started by painting the shapes of the leaves and the roses with white Acrylic Paint.
  2. After that i dried I used a Leafy green Acrylic paint to add the flowers making sure i covered all the white paint. 
  3. Then i used a light pink and white to create swirly Roses between all the leaves.
  4. To finish it off i used a Dotting Tool to create the dots between the Roses.

Just a quick post tonight as I have a YouTube video to edit!

Hope you've enjoyed reading this post! Let me know if you try this design :)

xXx

11/10/2014

Grace - Picture Polish

Good eveninggggg!

Today i have a right palette cleanser to show you! I absolutely LOVE it! You've probably already guessed by now that its Grace by Picture Polish. I've had this for a couple of weeks now and worn it three times already... the longest was for 5 days! :o I'd been wearing a lot of dark blues before so i wanted something a bit neutral on my nails.


Colour:

I honestly don't know how to describe the colour of Grace, i guess its between light pink and purple? Its holographic in the sunlight and in the shade the holograpicness turns into silver particles, it looks super pretty both ways!


Application/Consistency/Brush:

Just like every other Picture Polish i have this applied absolutely flawlessly, i really can't find any faults with this polish. I love their flat brushes, they allow for very easy application. I'm happy to report that after wearing this for 5 days it hadn't chipped which is really impressive. However on day 5 i did get in the bath and after being in there for about half an hour it did start to peel off, i don't use a base coat so my only guess is that the polish didn't love my nails anymore ;)

Dry Time:

Grace dried super quick!
In fact, i applied it one time and was out the door in 15 minutes to walk the dogs and it didn't dent or smudge! I do use HK Girl topcoat but i always let layers dry 80% before applying another and then the topcoat so you can tell how fast Grace dried!


Where to buy:

You can purchase this polish from Rainbow Connection for £11.50, when its in stock and when the store is actually open :')



Doesn't it compliment my Jumper nicely? :')



I would say this is a good polish for interviews or even for work if you can wear subtle polish. The holographic isn't super strong so its not in your face. I just love it.

So how do we like my new hand pose? The other one kept hurting my hand so i had to change it so my hand was more relaxed. 

Do you have Grace? How do you like it?!

Thanks for reading :3 

xXx




10/10/2014

My temporary moment of madness.

Hey loves!

So if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen by now that i decided to change my nail shape.. for all of about 15 hours. LOL

Having the nail shape i do, i get frustrated with not being able to do certain nail art which you have to have square nails for, like sunset nails, any kind of scenery nail art, i mean you can still do it, it just looks a bit odd :') So i thought i would try out square nails as my nails were getting long and needed filing right down anyway...


After painting my nails to resemble Fluttershy, it was time to attempt a hand pose.. which didn't go well at all, you can tell i'm not meant to have square nails... at all... It just doesn't work... You may also have noticed that i didn't completely square my nails off and my ring nail was longer than the rest, thats because i didn't want to do them too short and not be able to go back to my old shape because of it! I was so wary of doing this,  anyway, here was the result of my snap decision!



Awful, right? The next morning i went straight back to my old shape... hence why my fingers look battered! I took pictures straight after filing them without evening thinking about how dry the looked, wooooops!



Anyway, its safe to say that i will NOT be changing my nail shape again any time soon, if ever!

The polishes i used for my Gradient were Revlon - sunshine sparkle & Essie - Off the shoulder.. Butterflies were painted using Acrylic and my Pure Color 10 brush from the Stylish Nail Art Shop! :)

Just a short post for today as, its currently 3.46am on Friday morning as i can't sleep... but really should try again as i'm out shopping early! Eek.

So from the past, thank you for reading and i hope you enjoyed todays post :D

I'll be back tomorrow night with a Picture Polish review! Yay!

xXx

30/09/2014

Halloween nails 2014 - take one!

Hello everyone :)

So uhhh, i know its a little early but, wait who am i kidding ;) its never too early for Halloween!

Right now the Born Pretty Store are holding a Halloween themed contest so i decided to join in and enter! It ends on the 5th October so thats my excuse for doing Halloween nails in September..

And here they are:




I am so pleased with how these turned out, these are the kind of nails i imagine when someone says 'Halloween Nail Art' 

For the Mummy: Base is Angora Cardi by Essie, white is Acrylic Paint, I used my JN Dance 24 brush for the detailing.

For the Pumpkin: Base is Fear & Desire by Essie (isn't so neon in real life..!) Black is Acrylic Paint and i used my Pure Color 10 brush for the face.

For the Ghost: Base is NYC - City Blackout, white is Acrylic Paint, i used both the JN Dance 24 and the Pure Color 10 brushes for the ghost.

For Frankenstein: Base is Barry M Lime Green (over a nude L'oreal polish to make the colour stand out more as Lime Green is very sheer!) Black and White are Acrylic Paints, i used my JN Dance 24 for the eyes and mouth and my Pure Color 10 for the hair. 

For the Vampire: Base is NYC - City Blackout, again. Face background is White, Black and Red are Acrylic Paint, all the detailing was achieved using my Pure Color 10. (Its based off of the Vampire Emoji on BBM :3)

I used my HK Girl Topcoat to top coat everything.


I'm planning on doing another set of Halloween nails for this contest so i'll be posting them in the next few days! 

On a slightly related note, i'm so happy to see Spiced Pumpkin yoghurt and Spiced Pumpkin soup in the shops this year over in the UK! I think Halloween is becoming slightly more celebrated as i've noticed shops stocking a lot more halloween themed items over the past few years. Perhaps one day over here, it'll be as big as it is in America!

The last few winters for me have been very dark and miserable emotion-wise, so this year i'm really planning on enjoying all the holidays so as soon as Pumpkins arrive in the shops i'm going to make Pumpkin Pie and obviously carve one out! I loved my Pumpkin last year - I also love the smell of them!! Another aim of mine this year is to try my very first Spiced Pumpkin Latte - blame me having not tried one yet on the nearest Starbucks being in the centre of Oxford! >.<

Hope you've enjoyed todays blog post!

Thank you for reading 

xXx







25/09/2014

Cookie Monster Nail Art!

Evening lovelies!

Today i'm showing you some nail art that i'm actually still wearing for once! :o

I while ago i was sent some eyes from the Born Pretty Store to review and because they came in a small bag and are tiny themselves i misplaced them for quite a while, i finally found them two days ago when i was having a sort out. I'd been planning to do Cookie Monster nail art for ages with them so i'm glad i've finally been able to do it!

I'm so pleased with how they turned out, the whole design was unplanned really, i just made it up as i went along. I knew i wanted to include a gradient as i wanted to test out my new sponges. I've been using bath sponges to do my gradients for a long time after trying make up sponges a while back and not getting on with them well so i decided to get some more and try again. I think now because i'm a bit more experienced at doing gradients i can work with the make up sponges better!

So here is what i came up with:

Cookie Monster Barry M Essie Butler Please Nail Art Cookies

What i used:

Essie - Butler Please
Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
White Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint
Dark Blue Acrylic Paint
Beige Acrylic Paint
Dark Brown Acrylic Paint
3mm Googley eyes

Tools:

Make Up Sponge
Dotting Tool
JN Dance 24
Pure Color 10


  1. I started by painting Butler Please on all 5 nails. 
  2. Then on a make up sponge I painted Butler Please and Blueberry Ice Cream next to each other and bounced it on both my forefinger nail and my pinkie, moving it slightly up and down to blend the colours.
  3. Using Acrylic paint in White I made cookie shapes on my middle finger with my JN Dance 24 brush, after leaving it to dry for a few minutes i went back in with the same brush with Beige and Dark Brown Acrylic. I slightly mixed them together on my middle finger over each white shape to create the colour of cookies. Using the Dark Brown on its own i painted on Chocolate Chips on each cookie and outlined them in Black.
  4. Moving on to my ring finger i painted on a white background creating the shape of the Cookie Monster out of the blue already on my nail. I can't really explain how i painted on the outline of the Cookie Monster, i just did haha. I started with the arm and the body using my Pure Color 10, then added the cookie and the mouth and then the outline around the head. 
  5. Using a dotting tool i then made the dots on my forefinger and pinkie in the opposite colours to the gradients.
  6. After that i placed the googley eyes on with topcoat and painted the 'Me want cookies!' on my thumb nail using my Pure Color 10 brush.
  7. The last step is just to top coat everything, i used my HK girl topcoat <3
I wanted to keep these on but couldn't paint them on my other hand, so instead i just painted my other hand with Butler Please and left it at that.


You can get the Googley eyes here, please use the code JMMX31 to get 10% off your order from the Born Pretty Store! All the brushes i used are from here.

I'm just so happy my Cookie Monster looks like the Cookie Monster LOL I love how the eyes work perfectly with him too, they would be perfect for all sorts of Monster nail art, and i'm pretty sure you would be able to reuse them as well. I also found them to be quite comfortable; i haven't been feeling the urge to pick them off! 

Cookie Monster Barry M Essie Butler Please Nail Art Cookies



Thank you for reading!
I'll be back with another post soon, i promise :)

xXx

24/09/2014

Barry M Gradient with Dot Glitter!

Evening ladies!

I meant to post this on Monday but mother dearest and I ended up going out and didn't get back till late! It must be the week before last now that i did these nails.. silly me didn't take photos until i'd been wearing them for at least 2/3 days so please excuse the regrowth and my horrid cuticles.. i went through a phase of neglect ok...

barry m born pretty store glitter dots blueberry ice cream gelly prickly pear jemmypuddleduck

I'm honestly having trouble remembering what i used for these..These days i normally do gradients over the lightest colour of polish i'm using within the gradient but i didn't plan on doing a gradient and painted my nails white, hence why you can see white at the tops of my nails >.<

For the gradient i used..
NYC - Pinstripe White (as the base)
Barry M Gelly - Prickly Pear
Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream

The dots are from the Born Pretty Store here! I love how they look on this mani, and yes, i did place every single one individually.. with tweezers...(because i'm weird i kind of enjoyed it deep down..) They were $4.36 (about £2.50 roughly) they do come in a small pot but there are lotttttts of dots in there! If you decide to purchase anything from the Born Pretty Store please use the code JMMX31 to receive 10% off your order! :)

As always i top coated with HK Girl.

barry m born pretty store glitter dots blueberry ice cream gelly prickly pear jemmypuddleduck

Anyway, i really liked these, they were pretty bright and different and i'm sure i'll be using the dots in many more ways! Hope you like these just as much as i did and thank you for reading!

xXx


21/09/2014

Fajita chicken & potato traybake!

Hey everyone!

So for tea tonight I decided to put together my own little creation of all the good food. I only share my very good creations, and this is one of them so it had to be done.


What you'll need to feed 2:

About 10 potatoes peeled and boiled for -10 minutes 
2 chicken breasts
3 pieces of bacon
As much grated cheddar as you'd like to use
Chives/Spring onions (also known as green onions, salad onions, scallions.. There's probably more names too LOL) 
Olive oil
Plain flour
Salt and white pepper
Fajita spice mix (old el paso is my fave) 
Optional - cherry tomatoes

1. After boiling the potatoes until they're slightly hard still drain them and add them back to the saucepan, add a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and white pepper, pretend you're flipping a pancake and flip the potatoes so they're all covered with it. Add about 2 tablespoons of flour (or enough to coat the potatoes if you don't want to get all technical) then 'flip' again until each one is coated nicely.

2. You then want to take a frying pan and heat olive oil or sunflower oil until it's quite hot then add the potatoes one by one with some tongs, cook them until they're golden brown all over (about 15-20 mins on a medium high heat) then remove with a slotted spoon.

3. Using the same pan cut the bacon into tiny squares (add the cherry tomatoes if you're using them) and cook until crispy (not too crispy though as this does all go under the grill!) remove with the slotted spoon when done.

4. Cut your chicken into strips or bite size pieces, add to the oil (you may need to add a bit more over time, then add some fajita spice mix, remove with a slotted spoon when it's cooked.

(If using spring onions, chop them at this point)

TURN ON THR GRILL!

5. It's time to assemble everything! Take a roasting tray and scatter the potatoes on it, then the chicken, then plonk on a good load of cheese, mmm cheese. Then scatter the bacon all about (and the tomatoes if you've used them), if you're using spring onions do the same with those too.



6. Shove it under the grill! Then you'll want to remove it from the grill eventually so it doesn't burn ;) if you haven't used spring onions chop and sprinkle the chives over the top at this point!


And you should have something looking like this..


I served mine with a sour cream and chive dip (personally I find it better than just sour cream) and a home made sweet salsa thing which I just constructed as I went along but was something like this:

You'll need; 

10 cherry tomatoes
Sweet chilli sauce
Mild chilli powder
Salt and white pepper
Cornflour/starch
Water


Chop 5 and purée the rest, add to a saucepan, add sweet chilli sauce to taste and some mild chilli powder depending on how spicey you want it, salt and white pepper then mix 2 teaspoons of cornflour/starch with water and add that to the mix, watch it thicken before your eyes and voila a sweet salsa thing.. 

This is definitely a combination of everything I love. If anyone makes it, lemme know!! :) 

xXx

19/09/2014

Colour Blocking Multicoloured Nail Art

Hey everyoneeee!

I'm really getting stuck with what to call my posts these days. I don't have a very good imagination...

Anyway, last week i decided i was in a proper nail arty mood so i decided to do these babies and ohhhhh boy do i LOVE them! 

nail art barry m claires china glaze fairy dust multicoloured colour blocking acrylic paint hk girl top coat jemmypuddleduck


Polishes I used were:


  • NYC - Pinstripe white
  • Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M - Prickly Pear
  • Claires - Lovely 
  • Nails Inc - Sugarloaf Sunset
  • MeMeMe - Pensive


  1. After painting my nails white i top coated with HK girl to prevent the white from lifting when it came to sponging the next layer on... after waiting a few hours (to make sure each layer of the white polish was 100% dry) i took a sponge and painted 5 different colours on it in round blobs overlapping them slightly, making sure the area covered was slightly bigger than my nails.
  2. I dabbed the sponge onto each nail gently 'bouncing' it up and down the nail to slightly blend the colours a tad. I did this about 2 or 3 times for each nail to build up the colour a bit.
  3. Then I painted China Glaze Fairy dust on top on my forefinger nail, my pinkie and my thumb! For the black i used acrylic paint and my JN Dance 24 brush, i then applied fairy dust on top of those nails too.
  4. And as always, i top coated everything with HK girl top coat. <3


nail art barry m claires china glaze fairy dust multicoloured colour blocking acrylic paint hk girl top coat jemmypuddleduckI reeeeeeeeally love how these came out! I definitely want to do them again perhaps as a pastel galaxy or something - we'll have to see!

I hope you've enjoyed reading todays post; on Monday i'll be back with a gradient mani :)

Hope you all have a good weekend

xXx

17/09/2014

Baby boy Nail Art + Floral Nail Art!

Hey m'dears! 

Sorry i've been away for so long, i have been doing nail art i just haven't been in the mood for blogging at all! But today i am so i'm going to show you what i've been up to the last week or so. 

Before that though i'm going to show you the nails i did over a month ago for Oliver arriving, uh yeah, remember way back when i said i was about to become an auntie? I did them way before that! When we first thought he was going to arrive (12th August) so i didn't actually have them on when he did arrive! (I just wish i hadn't taken the pictures after i'd eaten pasta bake!!)



I used Color Club - (pretty sure it was) Blue Heaven for the base
For the actual art I used acrylic paints, my JN Dance 24 and my pure color 10 brush from Stylish Nail Art Shop, you can find them on Etsy! I topped it all off with HK girl top coat. (Which i love if you haven't guessed that already..)

Proud auntie alert!

Oliver was born on the 1st September 2014 at 6.59pm weighing 7lbs 10oz and i'm sure you'll agree he's absolutely gorgeous!

Now moving on to what I did last week, i decided to enter a contest, one that only had a few hours left before ending so i quickly got everything out and produced these beauties:

Floral Orly Charged Up Nail Art
Floral Nail Art
The base polish is Charged Up by Orly, its what i would call a creme dark purple, it takes a good 4 coats to make it opaque and it dries matte then turns shiney!
For the rest i used acrylic paints.

I started by using lilac acrylic paint to form flower shapes, then i used a dotting tool to place the dots in between them, i then did the green leaves with my pure color 10 brush and then i placed red blobs in the middle of the two leaves on all of them, i then took white on my pure colour 10 and drew wiggly patterns to resemble the petals of the roses. And voila! Again i top coated with HK girl top coat. These are really simple to do, they did take me 3 hours but i enjoyed doing them as i hadn't done nail art in a while!

I have a few more posts lined up for this week so hopefully i'll stay in this i want to blog mood ;)

Thank you for reading! 

xXx

07/09/2014

Glam Polish - Divinity

Hey m'dears,

Just a short post today, i've had this polish for a few months at least and i've been into wearing dark blues and purples recently so i thought i'd use it.

This is Glam Polish - Divinty!

divinity glam polish
In direct sunlight


divinity glam polish
In direct sunlight

Colour:

Divinity is a really deep purple with silver holographic glitters ranging from tiny to large hexes. As i said i've had this bottle a few months and noticed a tiny bit of separation, at the top there was at least half a cm of the purple base with no glitter in it, the glitter hadn't exactly sunk though as it wasn't all sat on the bottom.


Application/Consistency/Brush:

For the first coat of polish i used the bottle as it was, the first coat was mostly purple base with a few tiny glitters in it. For the second coat i stood the bottle upside down for a few seconds (Glam Polishes always flow quickly so it didn't take long for the glitter to reach the top of the bottle when upside down.) the second coat consisted of the larger glitters. For the third coat i let the glitter settle back down. I've found with Glam Polishes there can sometimes be a bit of glitter overload and that theres always one that has to sit right near the cuticle making the line you've made with the polish around that area look really untidy! However, i do rather like the overall look of this polish. Its not as jellified as i expected it to be though. I like to call this one Phenomenas sister as its pretty much a purple version of it. Its easy to apply if you have control over the glitter, its also REALLY easy to remove with acetone unlike some glitters. I top coated twice with HK Girl as the glitters were sticking through the polish a little and it didn't look smooth with just one coat of HK Girl.

Dry Time:

Divinity dries really quick! Thats one thing i'm always impressed with when it comes to Glam Polishes - i know i won't be waiting ages for my polish to dry before i can topcoat!

Where to buy:

I purchased my Divinity from Rainbow Connection for £9.80


divinity glam polish
In the shade

My next post will be on the nail art i did for the birth of my nephew (When we first thought he was going to arrive) I need to sort all the pictures out as i did them nearly a month ago!! 
I'm also hoping to work on some nail art tonight and have that posted on Wednesday! 

Thank you for reading! 


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01/09/2014

Dance Legend - Holy Diver

Hey m'dears!

Holy moles do i have a stunning polish to show you today! You all need this one in your lives if you love blue, if you hadn't guessed by now its Dance Legends Holy Diver.

Dance Legend Holy diver polish nails nail lacquer varnish

Dance Legend Holy diver polish nails nail lacquer varnish
in Direct Sunlight

Colour:
Dance Legend Holy diver polish nails nail lacquer varnish
Holy Diver is a gorgeous light blue colour with light reflecting particles which really come alive in the sunlight, it kind of turns into a holographic polish but its so much more! In the shade Holy Diver looks blue with tiny silver shard like shapes in it. This is certainly the most unique polish i own, i honestly don't have and haven't seen anything else like it. Its not holo, its better.

Application/Consistency/Brush:

I loved applying this polish. Dance Legend brushes are very long and thin and very easy to control. I didn't have to do any clean up as the brush allowed me to apply it with precision. I think this is definitely a three coater, you could leave it at two coats but for me there were some tiny gaps which weren't quite covered properly and they would just be more noticeable with top coat on. If you really wanted to you could probably use Holy Diver as a bit of a topper on top of a blue base coat. 


Dance Legend Holy diver polish nails nail lacquer varnish
In direct sunlight

Where to buy:

I purchased my Holy Diver from Rainbow Connection for £9.80 and you should too ;)

Tomorrow or the day after, it looks like i'll finally be revealing the baby nails i did a few weeks back. For any of you who don't know, i'm about to become an auntie. Possibly in the next few hours! 

Thank you so much for reading, i've enjoyed sharing this beauty with everyone!

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